Vernon Ratzlaff in Eqypt

A Moment from Yesterday

December 7, 2022 | Opinion | Volume 26 Issue 25
Conrad Stoesz | Mennonite Heritage Archives
(Photo: Linda Herr, MCC photo collection)

Vern Ratzlaff, centre, worked much of his life within Mennonite institutions in western Canada and internationally, serving as a church pastor, Bible school teacher and radio preacher. From 1982 to 1987, Vern and his wife Helen served as Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) country representatives in Egypt. Bishop Athanasios of the Beni Suef diocese, second from left, told MCC workers that “the time had come to go beyond working together to doing more serious exploring of mutual faith.” As a result, in February 1987, Vern participated with other MCC workers and Coptic Orthodox Church members for three days exploring the Book of Ephesians.

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(Photo: Linda Herr, MCC photo collection)

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